A Good Man Is Hard To Find

I’ve been working my way through the short stories of Flannery O’Connor, first the nine stories in “Everything That Rises Must Converge”, loaned to me by zgirl2, and now her 31 stories in “The Complete Stories” which I purchased from Amazon. I had been looking forward to reading “A Good Man Is Hard To Find” because it’s one of her most famous stories, and I just finished it this evening.

Let’s just say its a story of a dysfunctional family with a yakky grandmother and a stowaway cat that heads to Florida from Atlanta and makes a couple stops on the way. But it is one of the most exciting, thought-provoking and chilling stories I’ve ever read.

I found the complete story on the internet here. Give it a read? It won’t take you long. But don’t do a search for it first because there are plenty of analyses and discussions of it on the internet which pretty much give away the plot. Fortunately, I didn’t look it up first and knew nothing about the story when I started reading.

I guarantee it’ll hold your attention to the end. Whew…..

  1. Loula’s avatar

    Hello Mardé,
    Thanks for the link, I am planning to read the story this week end.
    Thanks again

  2. Mardé’s avatar

    Thanks for your comment, Loula. The story surprised me immensley; I had known nothing about it. It’ll take your breath away, and make you think too.

    I went to your blog and I wish I could read French. I liked the music and tried to make a comment (in English) but didn’t see a form.

  3. chris davis’s avatar

    Wow, sounds fabulous Marde; I shall give her a read.

  4. barbara’s avatar

    Hi Mardé,
    Oooh… I started reading and I had the feeling that I read this in college !
    It is a great short story; you start off thinking that it’s going to be an average car trip, but it ends up to be a trip to hell.
    If I can drop author names, one of the best classical
    short story authors in France is Guy de Maupassant.
    It must be translated in English. He has some real gems.

    Take care,

  5. Mardé’s avatar

    Thanks for your comment, Barbara. Yes, I think I remember Guy de Maupassant from way way back somewhere, translated into English, and very very good. I think I’ll look him up again. Thanks for the suggestion, Barbara. Gotta do something besides blog, right? 😆

  6. Missy’s avatar

    I did a post on that one back in August.

    It’s kind of crazy how her picture of random violence still resonates in America today.

    There really were no “good old days,” were there?

  7. Mardé’s avatar

    Wow, I’ve got to check out that August post of yours.

    There sure weren’t any “good old days”!!

    Not that today’s days are all that good.

  8. Missy’s avatar

    Thanks for your comment on my post Marde.

    I think we really are talking about the same thing, just using a different vernacular. I tend to think of the revelation as a gift of grace, or a spark of the divine within.

    A brief moment of insight and compassion from otherwise very self abosorbed people. Maybe not from God, but it’s the stuff we think God is made of. :smile:

  9. Mardé’s avatar

    Yes, I guess you could say that, Missy, it’s the stuff we think God is made of. The trouble with the word “God” is that it’s too concrete, in my mind. What happened there was a mysterious transformation which lasted only for a couple seconds, and also it is only a story. But we can visualize it happening, as Flannery made it so believable.

    The Sartre story, “The Wall”, might have some relation to this story, even though it’s a denial of God. Still, Sartre captures the terror of a human mind grasping death and the transformation of the person’s being and awareness as a result.

    There are a number of religious existentialists but it’s been a long time since I’ve read them. Talk about heavy subjects for a post! :roll:


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